Sarah Chayer spent nearly twenty years writing and rewriting her first novel, Incandescent: Magic Unknown. She also recently released of her second book, Moon Rise, featuring a collection of original poems and illustrations expressing her journey to mental health improvement. Sarah’s other works-in-progress include future young-adult, urban fantasy books for the Incandescent series, as well as a second, separate series.
She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree for Communication emphasis in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and has won awards for her work in fiction, poetry, and English.
I asked Sarah a few questions so we could get to know her better.
What do you love most about writing?
I feel I am very socially awkward and have a difficult time talking with people face-to-face, especially when it comes to being open and vulnerable about my emotions. But when it comes to writing, it’s like an extension of myself. Words pour out of me onto a page. It makes me feel free.
What do you think readers will love about your books?
I currently have two very different books published, and both can be enjoyed in their own unique ways. “Incandescent: Magic Unknown” is great for an exciting, intriguing adventure with realistic characters and relationships that drive the story forward. “Moon Rise”, on the other hand, is a book of poetry all about my personal journey struggling with mental health. Readers get a glimpse into the mind of a person fighting depression and anxiety, or if they themselves are suffering from these types of issues, they may feel seen and identify with the works.
Are you currently working on any new books or writing projects?
I am currently in the planning phase for the next “Incandescent” novel. I also continue to work on poetry to express myself and play with new, unique styles of verse.
Where can people follow you online to learn more?
I am most active on Instagram and YouTube, both using the handle “authorsarahchayer”. But I also keep my website up-to-date for news.
Do you have a favorite book or author?
I am actually not much of a reader, despite my passion for writing. But I would say the “T*Witches” series was a big inspiration for my urban-fantasy obsession in my early teenage years.